A Salt Fork schools administrator will soon add another title to his resume.

Superintendent Phil Cox announced Tuesday that a search committee is recommending Joe Hageman as the next head coach of the Storm football program.

The school board is expected to make it official on Wednesday.

Hageman is assistant principal of Salt Fork South Elementary School in Sidell and the football team's offense coordinator. He would replace Brian Plotner, who stepped down in late January after 21 years with the program, 17 as head coach.

Hageman was among five candidates who interviewed for the top job.

"His passion, commitment to the program over the years, his knowledge of football and his dedication to our players made him stand out," Cox said.

Hageman said he's thrilled to lead the program.

"It's such a great team. The kids work very hard, and we have such great community support. I just want to keep the good tradition we have at Salt Fork going."

Hageman is a Catlin native and 1994 Catlin High School graduate, who served as co-captain of the Woverines football team his senior year. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Blackburn College in 1998 and a master's in educational leadership from Concordia University in 2013.

He started his football coaching career at Leroy High School, coaching the freshman team from 1999-2000. He then served as defensive coordinator at Tri-Valley High School from 2001-2005.

In 2006, he returned to Catlin to teach and coach. Prior to taking his current job, he worked as a physical education teacher, athletic director and dean of students for the Catlin school district and then the new Salt Fork school district.

He has been on the coaching staff at Salt Fork for the past 13 years, also serving as offensive line coach and defensive line coach.

His father, Dan Hageman, will mark his 50th year as a coach for the Catlin and Salt Fork programs and is a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The younger Hageman and his wife, Jennifer, a second-grade teacher at Salt Fork South Elementary, live in Catlin with their three sons — Evan, Payton and Jordan.